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Kim Dalton


Kim Dalton is Adjunct Professor at the School of Communication and Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the film and television industry in policy, assistance to Indigenous producers and in the promotion of emerging visual technology. Kim has worked in the Australian and international film and television industry since 1973. From 1984 to 1987 he was General Manager of the Melbourne-based screen resource organisation, Open Channel.  From 1999, as CEO of the Australian Film Commission, Kim Dalton was responsible for overhauling its development programs, expanding its screen culture programmes and ensuring the agency’s and industry’s engagement with digital and online technology, production and distribution. As the Director of ABC TV from 2006 to 2013 he took ABC TV into the digital era, significantly expanding its broadcast and online services. He overhauled ABC TV’s organisational structure and its production model, and obtained significant additional funding for increased Australian drama, documentary, Indigenous and children’s programming.

His interview for Satellite Dreaming Revisited was recorded at his home in Sydney in December 2020, via Zoom with Tony Dowmunt in the UK.

'Those communities should have the resources to tell their stories at the same level as whitefellas…' (interview with full transcript & links) 

00:13 The time of Satellite Dreaming: Open Channel, CAAMA & the ABC

"It was it was of its time, I suppose…"

04:21 The Australian Film Commission

"…one of the most important initiatives in this whole area was through the Australian Film Commission…"

07:36 Working at the ABC, & ‘Redfern Now’

"…I discovered the Indigenous unit there…"

11:15 The NITV debate

"…I had some quite robust arguments at the time…"

14:38 Missing in Action (2017 paper)

"…it received lots of very favourable commentary…"